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Be interviewed for the new Authors.com Spotlight Interviews series and featured on the homepage!

Good news! As a special feature for Authors.com members, we at Authors.com would like to give all you authors the chance to be interviewed. It will be a simple process and the questions are provided below. We created the SpotlightInterviews handle for this. Here's how it works:

 

  • Add SpotlightInterviews as a friend so you can send a PM (private message) to that handle.
  • PM your answers to the interview questions (see below) to SpotlightInterviews through your Inbox.
  • Add any single small image of your book you wish included to your PM.

 

We'll do our very best  to feature you all in rotation on the front page of the site as time allows. Your interview Q & A will be included permanently on the Spotlight Interviews blog where we'll build a series of interviews. You can always promote it from that link.

 

It's easy! Simply copy/paste the questions into the PM and respond to them below each one as clearly and as in as much detail as you like. Take your time. Remember, the more interesting you make it, the more readers and comments you'll get. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to promote yourself and your book(s) free! All we ask is that you monitor your interview thread for any questions or comments and respond if necessary.

 

All of them can be found on the Spotlight Interview Blog here.

It's your responsibility to check the blog regularly for updates. We don't always have time to notify each and every one of you individually. And it's nice to read and comment on others. The more you do so, the more likely they will return the favor when yours is published.

  

DO NOT ADD YOUR COMPLETED Q & A TO THIS THREAD OR POST IT ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE SITE. This thread is for any general questions or feedback about the interview process only. We are using the private messaging system to gather interviews together in a structured fashion and to ensure that it's first come, first served. Please comply with that. Responses to the interview questions in this thread will be deleted. Send a PM only. Publicly displayed ones that have not been posted by a staff member on the Spotlight Interviews Blog will be removed. We do not want duplicate  content nor queue jumping.

 

Here are the interview questions. Copy them, answer them and return them by PM.

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Q1: Thanks for participating in our Authors.com Spotlight Interview series! Please introduce yourself and your book to help our readers get to know you.
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Q2: Please explain how you came to be a writer, what inspired you to write your book(s) and how long it took.
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Q3: What did you enjoy most about creating this book?
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Q4: What facets of your life, both personal and professional, are  woven into your book, if any? 
A.

 

 

Q5. How did you get published?

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Q6: Did you have any surprises or hiccups along the way during the  book writing and/or publishing process?
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Q7: What one thing did you wish you'd known before you started this project?
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Q8: You're a fly on the wall when readers are discussing your book.   What would you hope to hear them say about it?
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Q9: Tell us one thing about you that most people don't know or  would surprise them.
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Q10: What single piece of advice would you give new authors?
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Q11: Share a short summary of a typical day in your life with us  please.
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Q12:  Describe where you do most of your writing. What would I see if I was sitting beside you?
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Q13: What's your motto or favorite quote you like to live by?

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Q14: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us in closing such as your website, an imminent book launch or what you're working on presently?
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 Authors.com profile:

 

Thanks for your time! Please share this Authors.com Spotlight Interview with friends and fans by linking to it, Tweeting it, Digging it, sharing it on Facebook and generally shouting about it anywhere you can. We'd ask fellow members to support you by doing the same.

Members, want to be interviewed too? It's free! Instructions are here: http://www.authors.com/forum/topics/be-interviewed-for-the-new

 

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Hope that's all clear! We look forward to helping you all shine a spotlight on your books. :)

 

IMPORTANT: PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHARACTER COUNT, INCLUSIVE OF THE FINAL PARAGRAPH WE ADD,  UNDER 10,000 CHARACTERS. ANYTHING LARGER WON'T FIT IN A TEXT BOX.

ANY INTERVIEWS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW ALL THE ABOVE GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED. THAT INCLUDES FORMATTING ISSUES CAUSED BY YOUR LAYOUT AND TYPO-RIDDEN CONTENT. WE DO NOT  HAVE THE TIME TO PROOFREAD AND CORRECT YOUR INTERVIEW! COPY THE QUESTIONS INTO A SIMPLE PROGRAM LIKE NOTEPAD WHEN ANSWERING THEM AND DOUBLE CHECK IT PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.  PUBLICATION DATES WILL VARY. INTERVIEWS ARE PUBLISHED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

 

 

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Our first Spotlight Interview, with Sally Pomeroy, is now featured on the homepage. Please check it out and add any comments or questions there for Sally.  Thank you!

 

http://www.authors.com/profiles/blogs/spotlight-interview-with

aw man, its freakin hard to get a book published at fourteen, you've got to be kidding me...... how am i supposed to publish it at fourteen? no publisher will trust a kid. it's absolutely no fair. you guys should have a program to help people get published....

 

 

Haleem, publish online, anybody can and it's free on Smashwords.com and a lot of other places.

Thanks for the support everyone! Since some members have the forum bookmarked and arrive straight here, I wanted to make sure you all know that our first author interview in the Authors.com Spotlight Interview series, with Sally Pomeroy, is now live on our blog and the homepage! Dash on over there and see what you've missed. :)

 

http://www.authors.com/profiles/blogs/spotlight-interview-with

 

 

Halim

Its not about age, all authors must have determination, persistance and the will to pursue their dreams no matter what stands in their way. It took J Trollop ten years to be an overnight success. Six years for JK Rowling and they are quite typical.

Write from your heart and give some of your soul to the world, if you are lucky it will strike a spark and you can build a fire. We all have barriers to overcome, its natural. Just keep the faith and if this is really something you want to do , do it. If you enjoy it, even better. Go chase you dreams and always have FUN!

halim abdelrahman said:

aw man, its freakin hard to get a book published at fourteen, you've got to be kidding me...... how am i supposed to publish it at fourteen? no publisher will trust a kid. it's absolutely no fair. you guys should have a program to help people get published....

 

 

Please keep your interview replies under a 10,000 character count. It's come to my attention that the interview PM's cannot be sent by the system if they are larger than that. This is a site-wide setting.

 

If you're over the 10,000 you'll get a message saying you are exceeding that and it cannot send it when you attempt to send the PM. The solution is to trim your interview down to below that number. Remember: it's a character count, not a word count.

 

If you don't get that message, it's been sent just fine. You can always check your Sent tab in your Inbox to make sure.

 

The tool below can check the character count if you need to revise it. The character count will show beneath the box.

 

http://www.spellcheck.net/

 

Thanks and apologies for any inconvenience.

Halim, please take your discussion to a new thread on the forum if you plan to continue it. This thread is for anything related to the Spotlight Interviews only. Off topic posts in here mean the pertinent information members need is pushed further back. Please refrain from adding any more. Thanks.

halim abdelrahman said:

aw man, its freakin hard to get a book published at fourteen, you've got to be kidding me...... how am i supposed to publish it at fourteen? no publisher will trust a kid. it's absolutely no fair. you guys should have a program to help people get published....

 

 

Our latest interview in the Spotlight Interviews series, with Jeremy Vaeni, is now featured on the homepage. Please check it out! :)

 

http://www.authors.com/profiles/blogs/spotlight-interview-with-1

Thank you, Spotlight, for hosting my interview.  May the rest of the authors enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Hi, I would like to arrange this for clients of Author Connections. What is the best way to arrange for particular authors to be featured?

 

Thanks,

 

Beth Kallman Werner

www.authorconnections.com

 

Hi Beth, thanks for your interest. I'm sending you a PM to discuss this further. :)

Beth Kallman Werner said:

Hi, I would like to arrange this for clients of Author Connections. What is the best way to arrange for particular authors to be featured?

 

Thanks,

 

Beth Kallman Werner

www.authorconnections.com

 

Our latest author interview is with Wanda Bobo, author of ChickenDoodle! Where Are You?. Please see Wanda's Spotlight Interview at the link below. Thanks Wanda!

 

http://www.authors.com/profiles/blogs/spotlight-interview-with-2

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